Led by local Drama Teacher and Actress Victoria Balster.
Have fun and build confidence and creativity.
The late Autumn term will be from Thursday 2nd November through to Thursday 7th December 2017 . Each session starts at 4:30pm and lasts for an hour.
The first session will be a freestyle session, so anyone new is welcome to join the group. The group will then be rehearsing a play to perform to their families and friends later in the term.
Classes are £8 each session, or pay for the term of 6 sessions for £48
If you are booking for the first time, please do book under the parent or carer's name, and include a contact email and phone number. Thank you.
Recently separated from her husband, Alice Kinney decides to start over by moving back to Los Angeles with her two daughters. While celebrating her 40th birthday, Alice meets Harry, George and Teddy, three young filmmakers who need a place to live. Complications soon arise when she agrees to let the men stay in her guesthouse temporarily. As Alice develops a budding romance with Harry, her newfound happiness comes crashing down when her ex shows up with a suitcase in his hand.
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen and Lake Bell
Power and Impact! Helping your business punch above its weight
£15 including entrance, networking and refreshments
Pavilions Teignmouth and South West Growth Service are delighted to present the Pavilions Business Networking Group’s first of three events supporting South West businesses of all sizes to grow and thrive.
In this high energy networking event, businesses will learn how to make the most of their brand, becoming more visible to potential customers, partners and investors.
Facilitated by experienced business expert, Chris Lorimer of South West Growth Service, attendees will learn key skills on how to make a positive impression and connect effectively at networking events.
Alona Kemmett, Managing Director of Aquamarine Media, will help explore the power of social media, providing insights on how all businesses can build their brand online without wasting time and effort.
Finally, brand expert, Phil Johnston of South West Growth Service will provide insights into how your brand can rejuvenate business performance, helping your business stand out in a hyper competitive world.
All are welcome whether you are thinking of starting a business, or are currently running one. Great refreshments and networking guaranteed!
‘Formby’ follows George Formby’s rise from awkward stable boy to one of Britain’s biggest stars. In a unique one-man performance Ewan Wardrop plays the role of Formby, as well as all the key characters involved in this fascinating slice of his life.
‘Formby’ is a funny, touching and thoughtful look at the life of an essentially ordinary man with an extraordinary talent. This sensational production features many of Formby’s classic hits brilliantly recreated by Wardrop on the Ukulele, including: BLACKPOOL ROCK, LEANING ON A LAMP-POST, WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS, TT RACES, and many more.
Five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.
Starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Dobrev
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Certificate – 15
Inn aid of the Mayor of Teignmouth Charities
'One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.’
An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long buried secret. Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama create a vivid new theatrical voice.
A Woman Of No Importance is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and stars Olivier Award winning Eve Best (A Moon For The Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler) as Mrs Arbuthnot, and the BAFTA Award-nominated Anne Reid (Last Tango In Halifax) as Lady Hunstanton
Stranded on a mountain after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must work together to endure the extreme elements of the remote, snow-covered terrain. Realizing that help is not on the way, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing each other to survive and discovering their inner strength.
Starring Idris Elba, Kate Winslet and Beau Bridges
Action, Adventure, Drama
Certificate – 12A
THE UNRAVELLING WILBURYS - a tribute to The Traveling Wilburys and their rock icon members
Just when they were about to make it to the big time, this band of good ol’ boys from Nashville, Tennessee had a whole bunch of songs (allegedly) stolen by Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne (ELO), George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, under the late 80s ‘supergroup’ pseudonym “The Traveling Wilburys”. Things were so bad after that, the real Wilbury brothers (Walter, Sticky Willy, Thumper, Javelin and Fingers) resorted to dressing up as The Beatles, and spent over 20 years touring as “Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band”. After a lengthy legal battle, a Hazzard County judge ruled the boys could git back their true identity and hit the highway with all their old songs including: “Handle With Care”; “The End Of The Line”; “The Devil’s Been Busy”; “Not Alone Anymore”, and by way of compensation, solo choice cuts: “Pretty Woman”; “You’ve Got It”; “Mr Blue Sky”; “Telephone Line”; “Mr Tambourine Man”; “Mighty Quinn”; “Running Down A Dream”; “I Won’t Back Down”; “All Those Years Ago”; “Got My Mind Set On You”, and many other great songs.
“Captured the style and sounds perfectly and with their own added sense of humour gave the audience an evening to remember”
There's Something About Gary
..and that something is, he likes to write jokes. An awful lot of them. Also he appears to have some jizz in his hair. There's that as well. He thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. He loves each and every gag, and you can’t help but be carried away by his infectious charm.
Regular on Mock The Week
Double Sony Award Winner
Chortle Award Nominee'
An endless flow of top quality jokes' The Guardian
'Gary Delaney has more quality jokes in one hour than many comics have in their entire careers…quite brilliant' The Scotsman
'I laughed and I laughed and I laughed' The Times
'A hugely impressive collection of exquisitely crafted gags by one of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner' Chortle
Tickets are £15.00
The world's first fully oil painted film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history's most celebrated artists.
Animation, Biography, Crime
Running time - 94 minutes
Tickets - £6.50 (£5 for Matinee Club members for the 2.30pm showing - ask at the Box Office about joining the Matinee Club for £10 a year)
After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live.
With help from his wife Diana and her twin brothers, and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Clare Foy, Tom Hollander
Tickets £6.50. Tickets are £5 for Matinee Club Members for the 2.30pm showing - please ask about joining for £10 a year
Barb Jungr has wowed audiences and critics worldwide with her powerful reinterpretations of Bob Dylan’s work. Known for her passionate singing, minimal and subtle arrangements, and great humour, Barb Jungr is the definitive performer of one of the great musical icons of the 20th century, Bob Dylan.
Variously described by critics as magnificent, mesmerizing and magical, Barb Jungr has built a formidable reputation as an international live performer and recording artiste. She has perfected the art of interpretation to such a level that listeners are often astonished to discover that well-known songs that they thought they knew, have been wonderfully transformed and very often elevated when Barb weaves her magic spell. Her repertoire includes songs by Jacques Brel, Nina Simone, Jimmy Webb, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen (to name a few) and she has attracted particular acclaim for her work on the songs of Bob Dylan, which produced two critically-acclaimed albums and a series of sell-out, award-winning transatlantic shows. For four consecutive years (2008 through to 2011)
Barb has ranked at the top of Time Out, New York’s best cabaret awards, for her mesmerizing shows, and in 2008 she also received the Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist. Barb Jungr’s first album of Bob Dylan songs has deservedly become a cult classic and has won her a dedicated fan base from around the world. The album even boasts celebrity fans, with Jeremy Irons naming it as one of the must-have albums on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
On the release of the Barb Jungr’s Linn Records Vinyl Celebratory collection of Every Grain of Sand, the cult classic CD released in 2002 which launched her career in the USA and later, in Australia, Jungr returns to her fabulous original arrangements live, cementing her status as "one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today.” (The Village Voice USA)
Other reviews -
“Possibly our best interpreter of Dylan’s songs” ~ Billy Bragg
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.
Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
Each Comedy Night features 3 comedians and compere.
Headliner - Jessica Fostekew
Jessica has been performing improvised comedy and working as a comedy actress since 2015. In January 2008 she hit the UK stand up circuit like a thunderbolt of joy, and was a finalist in the 'Funny Women Awards 2010'.
'Fosterkew is a hugely engaging presence and there's something reassuringly honest about her...Consistently hilarious' (Fest)
'Great fun' (The Guardian
Among his fellow comics Matt Price is known for having some of the most extraordinary and outrageous stories drawn from the wilder side of life. And yet this self effacing Cornish born comic brings real warmth and heart to his tales - as well as finding some audacious laughs in the most unexpected places. Price’s easy going charm has made him a favourite on the UK and International circuit and he has the skill to win over the toughest audiences.
Originally from Lincolnshire, Manchester based Pete has been building a name for himself on the circuit as a fantastically funny act over the last few years, mixing fast paced observations and routines with wonderful characterisations.Pete is able to command an audience as well as he commands a variety of accents, wearing his comedy heart on his sleeve and leaving the audience in hysterics at his misfortunes and frustrations with the minutiae of everyday life.
All comedians appear subject to commitments
Tickets are £10 Advance or £12 on the door
Please note that Comedy Club is aimed at ages 16 plus due to content
Come along and make a unique Christmas decoration in this Stained Glass day workshop let by qualified adult tutor Alison Meaker.
From stars to angles you can make a truly unique Christmas decoration. In this day workshop you will learn all the basic processes and main techniques of stained glass and design your own item. All materials included.
Suitable for beginners and improvers.
Please bring your own apron and sketch book.
A YOUNG GIRL’S ENCHANTED PRESENT LEADS HER ON A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL CLASSICAL BALLET, DANCED TO TCHAIKOVSKY’S MAGNIFICENT SCORE
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.
Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL
CHOREOGRAPHY: PETER WRIGHT AFTER LEV IVANOV
MUSIC: PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger.
Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett and Tom Hiddleston.
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Tickets £6.50 - £5 for the 2.30pm showing for Matinee Club Members - ask at the Box Office for information on how to join
Neil Sands and his brilliant west end cast are back with their 2017 Christmas production which has been described as “like a sparkly Christmas card come to life”.
It is a truly spectacular mix of over 60 of your favourite Christmas songs and carols, 40 stunning costume changes, lots of good old fashioned festive fun, and a unique atmosphere that will warm your heart on the coldest winters day, taking you back to a time when Christmas really was the most wonderful time of the year.
Through hope, determination, sacrifice and the drive to protect families and communities, the Granite Mountain Hotshots become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. While most people run from danger, they run toward it -- watching over lives, homes and everything people hold dear, forging a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire in Yarnell, Ariz.
Starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges
Certificate – 12A
Paddington undertakes a number of odd jobs to afford a unique pop-up book from an antique book shop - a present for Aunt Lucy on her 100th birthday. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to find the thief.
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Starring Brendon Gleeson, Sally Hawkins, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville.
Newton Abbot Orchestra return to host their first Christmas Concert at Pavilions Teignmouth.
Haydn – Symphony No 101
Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia
And a selection of Christmas favourites to include Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, The Skater’s Waltz and Christmas carols for the audience to sing.
It’s nearly Christmas, and as the snow falls softly outside, young Albert Tuttle hops into bed. But he’s far too excited to sleep.
Santa will be here in just a few hours!
As the clock strikes midnight, Albert is in for a very big surprise. For stuck up the chimney is a jolly old fellow with a fluffy white beard and big, round belly. It’s Santa - and he needs Albert’s help!
This funny, festive show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and beautiful storytelling. Perfect for little people aged 3+ and their grown-ups.
All tickets £8.00 each
A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world's greatest detective -- Hercule Poirot -- arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe and Johnny Depp.
Crime, Mystery, Drama
Running Time – 1hr 54mins
Certificate – 12A
OMG! Cinderella has been kidnapped!! What happened to her “Happily Ever After”?
This year, in a land that’s even further away than far far away in a kingdom where the whole fruit and vegetable thing is “A Thing”, we find the rather wimpy “Prince Pea” and his overbearing dame mother in a battle over the young prince’s future bride.
Welcome to a fruit cocktail of a pantomime where you will meet Manderin Orange and his two daughters Lychee Tart and Lettuce Crumble, a saucy fairy godmother called Spicy Jalapeño and a plucky principle girl called Raspberry Sorbet.
Vegetable puns aside, get ready for some great songs, witty humour and a classic battle between good and evil. And, by the way, how did Cinderella get here and why was she kidnapped? All will be revealed at the Pavilions Teignmouth this December
DAVID MCVICAR’S ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF VERDI’S POTENT AND TRAGIC OPERA IS CONDUCTED BY ALEXANDER JOEL, WITH AN EXCELLENT CAST LED BY DIMITRI PLATANIAS, LUCY CROWE AND MICHAEL FABIANO
The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.
Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…
David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.
Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
MUSIC: GIUSEPPE VERDI
DIRECTOR: DAVID MCVICAR
CONDUCTOR: ALEXANDER JOEL
RIGOLETTO: DIMITRI PLATANIAS
GILDA: LUCY CROWE
DUKE OF MANTUA: MICHAEL FABIANO
“MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL……… WHAT’S THE BEST PANTOMIME OF THEM ALL?”
SNOW WHITE OF COURSE!!!
Join us on a magical journey into the land of Fairytalia, meet the beautiful Snow White and her friends.
The kind-hearted princess charms everyone she meets, with one exception – her wicked step-mother the evil Queen Avarice.
Can Dame Edna Bucket and Chuckles the court jester (with awful jokes!) help Snow White find her happy ending?
One of the most popular traditional Pantomimes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is full of magic, song, dance and smiles.
Come along and help us defeat the wicked queen so that good can reign over evil.
****SPECIAL PRICE ON OPENING NIGHT ALL TICKETS £8.00****
ADULTS £12.00 & CHILDREN £8.00
24th January – 27th January 2018
Saturday Matinee 2.30pm
“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill.
Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.
Reviewers of the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter’s previous albums have repeatedly alluded to her “relative obscurity” (The Big Takeover) and “under-the-radar” (The Vinyl District) profile. With her new album – on which she expands her battery of instruments to include piano and electric guitar – she looks set to change that.
“One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.” – The Huffington Post
“The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They’re measured and tranquil but they’re never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry.... And it’s all lovely.” – R2/Rock 'n' Reel
Photo by Phil Nicholls
www.sarahmcquaid.com www.facebook.com/sarahmcquaidmusic www.twitter.com/sarahmcquaid www.youtube.com/sarahmcquaid
DRAMA, PASSION AND FABULOUS MUSIC – PUCCINI’S OPERATIC THRILLER IS ONE OF THE GREAT OPERA EXPERIENCES. DAN ETTINGER CONDUCTS A STAR CAST LED BY ADRIANNE PIECZONKA, JOSEPH CALLEJA AND GERALD FINLEY
Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.
Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLEST
MUSIC: GIACOMO PUCCINI
DIRECTOR: JONATHAN KENT
CONDUCTOR: DAN ETTINGER
FLORIA TOSCA: ADRIANNE PIECZONKA
MARIO CAVARADOSSI: JOSEPH CALLEJA
BARON SCARPIA: GERALD FINLEY
Two young women stand on a cliff edge steadily being blown on an unexpected course.
Underscored with live folk music this is a story about survival and escape. “Gently poetic salt-tinged story-telling” (Lyn Gardner, THE GUARDIAN) from Bellow Theatre, an award winning new-writing company rooted in brave and stirring storytelling. Supported artists of Hull Truck Theatre and Emerging company of New Diorama Theatre.
**** 'The dramatic equivalent of a Laura Marling song: sad, sensitive, soulful and stirring. A howl of rage, whispered into the wind from a clifftop’ THE STAGE
Keith James in concert - The Songs of Leonard Cohen His wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual
Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.
The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much!
With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 400 concerts to over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain
Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released only weeks before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent
‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times
‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland
‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian
‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement
‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine
Keith James’ website www.keith-james.com
SHAKESPEARE’S TALE OF LOVE AND LOSS BECOMES COMPELLING DANCE DRAMA IN CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S BALLET ADAPTATION, WITH MUSIC BY JOBY TALBOT
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
CHOREOGRAPHY : CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
MUSIC: JOBY TALBOT
BIZET’S CLASSIC FRENCH OPERA STARS ANNA GORYACHOVA IN BARRIE KOSKY’S INTENSE PRODUCTION
Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.
This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
MUSIC: GEORGES BIZET
DIRECTOR: BARRIE KOSKY
CONDUCTOR: JAKUB HRUŠA
CARMEN: ANNA GORYACHOVA
DON JOSÉ: FRANCESCO MELI
MICAËLA: ANETT FRITSCH
ESCAMILLO: KOSTAS SMORIGINAS
NEW WAYNE MCGREGOR | THE AGE OF ANXIETY | NEW CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
THREE BALLETS TWO NEW PRODUCTIONS THE ROYAL BALLET CELEBRATES THE CENTENARY OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S BIRTH WITH AN ALL-BERNSTEIN PROGRAMME FROM CHOREOGRAPHERS WAYNE MCGREGOR, LIAM SCARLETT AND CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
CHOREOGRAPHY: WAYNE MCGREGOR, LIAM SCARLETT, CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
MUSIC: LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Craig Campbell presents Easy Tiger
Following the huge success of previous tour ''Don't Look Down'' Canadian comedian Craig Campbell is poised to shake the rafters again with his new smash hit show, 'Easy Tiger'.
"A fantastic yarn weaver, charming tales of his travels and hugely funny observations" - TimeOut
All tickets £15.00
VERDI’S OPERA ON SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGEDY IS CONDUCTED BY ANTONIO PAPPANO, WITH A MAGNIFICENT CAST INCLUDING ANNA NETREBKO, ŽELJKO LUCIC AND ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO
Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.
Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
MUSIC: GIUSEPPE VERDI
DIRECTOR: PHYLLIDA LLOYD
CONDUCTOR: ANTONIO PAPPANO
MACBETH: ŽELJKO LUCIC
LADY MACBETH: ANNA NETREBKO
BANQUO ILDEBRANDO: D’ARCANGELO
KENNETH MACMILLAN’S POWERFUL TELLING OF MANON AND DES GRIEUX’S TRAGIC LOVE IS A MASTERPIECE OF MODERN BALLET, SET TO MUSIC BY MASSENET
Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion.
Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.
MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
CHOREOGRAPHY: KENNETH MACMILLAN
MUSIC: JULES MASSENET
THE ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS A NEW PRODUCTION OF TCHAIKOVSKY’S MAGNIFICENT CLASSICAL BALLET, WITH ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY BY LIAM SCARLETT AND DESIGNS BY JOHN MACFARLANE
Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a fl ock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
CHOREOGRAPHY: MARIUS PETIPA AND LEV IVANOV
ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY: LIAM SCARLETT AND FREDERICK ASHTON
MUSIC: PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY